I’ve been working out regularly since I was in college. I swam in freshman/sophomore year of high school, but wasn’t one for sports otherwise. I have somewhat of an athletic build, with zero athletic ability – ha! I started with machines in college – elliptical, treadmill, weight machines. After school, I started taking classes at the local fitness club. I was working in the suburbs and living at home, so it just made sense.
Once I moved to the city, I had to start from scratch. I didn’t know where to go, what to do. I stopped working out for nearly 6 months during that transition…and then I discovered CrossFit. Yes, I was a CrossFitter…for four years! I wasn’t competing or taking myself too seriously, I was just looking for a quick & tough workout. I found both of these things on top of an awesome community that I never experienced before. People held me accountable for not going to the gym, motivated me to better, and I found myself working out more than ever. I was in the best shape I’d ever been.
Well, here’s my last post of 2017. Hard to believe this year is coming to an end! It’s been a roller coaster between settling into our new home, our various trips (including starting the new year in LA, and our trips to San Diego, Koufonissi, Naxos, Paris), my first NYFW, turning 30!, making new friends & friend break-ups, and so many little things along the way.
This blog will be 3 years old in February! I had no idea that a little side project would turn into a 3 year (& going) stint, & that I’d still love sharing more than ever. I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring – one of my goals is to post more, share more, and continue to try new things! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you following along & reading. If it wasn’t for you, I would have given this up ages ago…so thank you for keeping me inspired, motivated & comfortable in putting myself out there. It can be a scary thing!
I’m ending the year with my December 10 – here are ten things I’m loving lately to help you get past your post-holiday blues & new year’s jitters. Enjoy & happy new year!
Where did November go?! For me, it all started with a trip to Paris (not too shabby), followed by birthday celebrations with friends…and then before I knew it, the holidays were here. I put up our tree on Monday night (yeah, def didn’t get it together the day after Thanksgiving), and it really set the tone for Christmas in the house!
Given we’re heading into December, I figured it’s time to share the November Ten. For those of you who missed it, last month I started a new series on the blog. Every month, I’ll be doing a round up of my favorite things of the moment. From products, entertainment, to food (& more!). It’s a fun way to share all of the little things I’m loving lately, and you seemed to like the last one so I’ll keep it going! Here’s what I’m crushing on this month –
In brainstorming new content ideas for the holidays, I realized I have all of these little things I’ve been wanting to share with you guys, but haven’t because I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to do so. Then, it struck me that I don’t NEED to have a separate post for each and every thing, but I can combine them all into a “favorite things” roundup and share all of the goodies at once! How does that sound?
I’ll share a monthly roundup of my “top 10” products, movies, music, food, ANYTHING of the month. I had an ongoing list of things I love from the last few months so pulling this together for October was super easy. One of my favorite things about blogging is sharing the stuff I love (yes, even outside of clothes), so I’m particularly amped about this series, and hope you are too!
PS – Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter and be the first to know what items I’m currently craving, what I’m reading…all the inside juice. I’ve been featuring favorite products, reads, etc the last couple of weeks and plan on doing more in the future!
Annnnddd now to the October top ten.
I go back and forth on listening to podcasts. I was initially introduced to the podcast world back when Serial came out, and was instantly obsessed. Hence, my initial list of favorite podcasts that I shared about two years ago…funny enough, around this time of year! I’ve been back on the podcasts lately, it all began when I started walking to and from the office a few months back. The walks have ended but my podcast listening hasn’t, so I think it’s safe to say I’m into it. Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately:
Blazer: Vintage Escada (from one of my favorite vintage shops!), I couldn’t find a leather blazer, but here‘s a navy moto jacket! | Jeans: Levi’s, similar here| Silver Sandals: Massimo Dutti, sold out (similar here and here) | White Tee: Frank & Oak | Sunglasses: Celine, more affordable option here
It may not feel like fall yet, but it’s definitely here. I’ve been rocking fall clothes & sweating my ass off, but I don’t care. I refuse to wear summer gear in October. It’s just not happening. NO MORE OPEN TOES. Done…except for these silver sandals, though. They just went too well with this navy blazer. I had to do it. But after this, I’m done. For real.
For years now, I’ve been trying to get off of anti-perspirant deodorant. Yes, I was still using it until recently…but I swear it’s because NOTHING else worked! I can’t be a smelly, sweaty mess. It’s just not an option. I’ve been on a serious hunt for the best natural deodorant. I’ve tried so many varieties, including Arm & Hammer, Toms, and that weird crystal one because my mom swore by it growing up and I was a curious child (it smells like salt and it’s as weird as it looks). Bottom line is, I might as well have gone au naturel because I sure smelled like I did. TMI, but I’m trying to make a point here!
Okay, I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about my deck at this point..but I’m so so so happy it’s DONE. Yes, the timing is not ideal, but fingers crossed we get a few more months of solid weather. We had friends in town last weekend, and it was so nice to all lounge around and lay out in the sun (because the only sun I got this summer was in Greece). Much much needed chill time! PS – I’ve always dreamed of having one of these egg chairs in my outdoor space and I FINALLY got one last week. It’s overkill but kind of amazing.
Since we’re basically living on our deck every Saturday afternoon until the end of summer (at least that is our goal), I want to make sure the time we spend up there is stress free. After a few tweaks here and there, I’ve come up with a list of necessities for the ultimate deck experience.
No, I am not a professional chef…but I that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be one. I mean, that’d be a nice little bonus right? Hi, I work in advertising, I have a life & style blog..AND oh yeah, I am a professional chef.
I always wondered how restaurants manage to cook steak perfectly EVERY TIME. It has to be chaos in those kitchens (my kitchen is chaos cooking for two – I still can’t get stuff to cook properly!), how do they keep track of how much time each steak requires?! Well, I hate to break it to you, but most restaurants don’t keep track. They have this magical device called the sous vide.
There are different variations of sous vides – ones used by large restaurants vary from those made for us wannabe chefs. I purchased a home-friendly sous vide, the Joule by ChefSteps, to see what all this hype was about (& because I wanted to make progress against my #chefgoals). The device came with a hefty price tag at $199, but curiosity inspired me to pull the trigger.
Since I can remember, my brows have been out of control. There was a point where I had an eyebrow…that’s right, eyebrow singular. Let’s just say ages 11-14 were my rough years. The photos I have from this period are frightening…to put things into perspective, my eyebrows were the least of my worries. I didn’t know how to manage my curly hair, I had a mustache (this was pre-waxing days), there was a lot going on.
I didn’t attempt cleaning up my eyebrows until 7th grade, and it was LONG overdue. They still were insanely thick, but at least I split them into two caterpillars vs. one. Baby steps. By freshman year of high school, I had discovered the miracle of eyebrow threading. I don’t know why I didn’t consider waxing initially, perhaps because waxing would not have done the job? I can’t recall, but either way, threading was the best discovery I ever made. In fact, I still do it to this day.